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Fishing Report

Lessons in fishing

A friend was posting some great pictures of walleye fishing in Iowa and I wanted to share them with you. 

I'm not sure where they were fishing, but they obviously had a great day.  Randy caught a nice walleye.

Here is an Iowa Walleye.

But, his son Brandon showed him what a real walleye fisherman looks like!

That's not a Walleye, this is a walleye!

Randy, you taught him well!  Nice walleye, Brandon!  Congratulations on some nice fishing, boys.  Keep up the good work!

Coach is back!

Coach Gary and his cronies were back for another round of walleye fishing!  

We caught a lot of little fish and some very nice "over 20s".  

Well, ok, let's be honest, Bob caught some nice walleye.  The rest of us just tried to take notes and learn! I did play the net man and helped get them in the boat safely, but Bob did all the work this trip!

They still ate good while they were here and took some fish home to share.  Good to see you again, boys!

The Grandsons take Grandpa John fishing

The Richards boys helped me take John and this 3 grandsons from Creston, IA fishing for 3 days.  We had a lot of fun catching walleye (and a few bass.)  

We toured the whole area as we searched for a good spot out of the wind. We spend one day at West Bend, one day at Chantier Creek, and one day up around Spring Creek.

Fishing was good everywhere we went, but they are still biting soft.  You definitely have to be paying attention.

My Grandpa and I do a lot of things together.
But fishing with my Grandpa is the best ever.
I love going to the lake when the sky is all blue.
I love riding in my Grandpa's boat too.
The next trip to the lake, I don't want to miss.
Just being with my Grandpa is better than catching fish.

No worries there, we got to spend time with Grandpa AND catch fish!

Crazy Canadians

Les and Ernie came all the way from Alberta, Canada to find out what Bass fishing is all about.  They have caught their share of Walleye up north, but had never fished for Small-mouth Bass.  

So, they found Spring Creek Resort & Marina on-line and drove down to check it out.  When I met them,the first words out of Les' mouth was "Can we bring refreshments on the boat?" and I knew we were going to have a GOOD TIME! 

Now, the wind always blows in South Dakota - but she showed us just how much she could blow! It was a windy three days, but we still managed to get some nice looking bass.  West Bend is still the best bass fishing in the area and luckily a little protected from that North wind too!


Happy Memorial Day!

We had a fantastic Memorial weekend on Lake Oahe with family and friends.  A crowd of Iowans from back home came up for fishing and fun. Some were old friends, some were new friends.  We fished, we drank, we ate.   

The weather threatened storms, but it held off until dark and we had some great days on the water. We had walleye, northern, salmon and white bass in the boats at one time or another.  

A good time was had by everyone.

Spring Creek Resort & Marina was a great host.  We sat out on the balcony and enjoy the evenings with dinner and drinks. 

The Outpost Lodge provided their Sportman's Den that had plenty of room for everyone to have a bed, get a good nights rest and be prepared for another day on the water.

We caught plenty of fish and had a great picnic/fish fry on Sunday evening with the whole gang and some neighbors too.

Kyle caught his first South Dakota Walleye - and even though it was too cold and windy to go wake boarding - had a great weekend.  

On Saturday, Teresa caught her largest Walleye -- 25 inches. 

On Sunday, she topped that with a 27 inch walleye.

Kevan and Bob earned bragging rights too.

Two of those beauties were dropped off at Wildlife Unlimited to be mounted. 


Yes, my wife agreed to spend our anniversary celebrating on the water! It was our 6th anniversary, so it only seems right that we stopped at 6 fish, and then we went out to eat at a nice restaurant where we 
had our fresh fish cooked as appetizers! Thanks The Outpost Lodge

It was a great day on Lake Sharpe.  We were fishing along the bluffs, with just the right amount of breeze.We were jigging with a red and white quarter ounce jig.  The fish were biting very softly and we often caught them as we lifted up our pole for a little "pop."  We threw back a lot of 14 1/2 inch fish, but we caught plenty (I let her catch most of them).  We came home with 4 skinny saugers and 2 walleye.  

Happy Anniversary, Honey!

Lake Oahe "Pike Master" Invitational Championship

The weather was terrible today for the first Lake Oahe "Pike Master" Invitational Championship but that didn't stop Northern fishermen from joining in the fun at The Outpost Lodge. Willie Gloe organized an excellent tournament with a full 19 teams despite blizzard like conditions - blowing snow and a high in the 30s. 

The weigh in was at 4:00 in the Hoop Building at the Outpost.  Teams were 2-4 people with best 10 fish weigh in.  First and Second Place were awarded prizes with 100% payout. 

There was an optional pot for the largest northern. The Biggest Northern was 21.5 lbs.

Only one team caught the maximum 10 Northern, weighing in at 86 lbs. Second place was 7 Northern, weighing in at 45.5 lbs.


South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks has put out a poster about walleye limits on Lake Oahe.  Read the charts carefully.....

We've all been talking this year about the fact that Lake Oahe regulations allow you to keep 8 fish a day, which is a total of 24 fish in your possession after 3 days of fishing.  

But look at the bottom chart -- you can fish an additional 2 days on "other water" (like Lake Sharpe, below the dam) and keep an another 8 fish. That gives you a total of 32 fish for your freezer!

So, when you plan your fishing trip with us this year - plan for a 5 day trip instead of just 3 days and catch more keepers! 

I look forward to spending time with you on the water!

First Walleye of 2013

Lake Sharpe was packed with boats on this fine early spring day, especially at the mouth of the stilling basin right below Oahe Dam. 

We drifted from Oahe Marina all the way down to The Bluffs.  We caught plenty of fish, but not a lot of keepers.  Still, for the first day out in early April - we can't complain. 

It was a beautiful day with eagles flying overhead, deer on the shore and fishing pole in hand.We stopped after a full day of fishing for a beer and buffalo chips at the Oahe Marina. Perfect end to a wonderful day.


The ice is moving out and the walleye are coming in!! 

Lake Sharpe is crowded these days at the stilling basin -
I think you could walk across the river on boats. 

They are catching nice walleyes below the dam and with ice out, the Northern are getting frisky.

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